2018 Kerrville New Folk Winner Ben Bedford was named one of the "50 most significant Folk singer/songwriters of the past 50 years" by Rich Warren, host of Midnight Special at WFMT-Chicago, a list that includes Bob Dylan, Townes Van Zandt, Gordon Lightfoot, and John Prine. His musical influences range from Bill Morrissey to Woody Guthrie, casting individual people in the theater of the American landscape. Ben draws on classic American literature and writes with the ‘old soul’ quality of his literary idols, such as John Steinbeck and Toni Morrison. In addition to his albums charting on Euro Americana charts and the Folk-DJ charts, his music has been played on NPR’s Car Talk. Ben has toured throughout the US, Canada, and Europe and he has released 5 studio albums.
“The Illinois songwriter is a masterful storyteller who can turn what seem like obscure historical references into engaging tales rife with vivid, stark imagery.” – Erik Ernst, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"To me there's something special about a songwriter who in a few words paints pictures of unbelievable depth and clarity. Ben Bedford to me is something special!" - No Depression
“With Bedford, neither narrative nor rhyme is ever forced. His evocative lyrics present the living and the dead, the past and the present alongside all the twists and turns that design life…Despite his relative youth, his music is remarkably old soul-like.” – Kevin McCarthy, Folk Music Ramblings
“If you’re in search of fresh and original talent, listen no further than Ben Bedford.” – Rich Warren, Sing Out!
I see Ben as one of the best songwriter-storytellers in the business right now. ” – Betsi Meissner, KXCI-Tucson, Arizona